Dan Leach

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Born and raised in one of the nation’s most important cities, Detroit, Dan Leach has always had a very deep connection to the city and teams he grew up loving and rooting for. Even while working in TV and Radio away from the Motor City, his love for his hometown and its great teams never wavered. Rumors of him coming out of the womb signing “Forward Down The Field” lead to epic trips to Lions and Michigan football games with his grandpa and father starting at age two. There his bond and love of sports was born.

A graduate and classmate of Charlie Batch and Earl Boykins at Eastern Michigan University , he was often seen cracking Boykins up as he diagramed plays in one of the greatest college courses ever assembled, “Theory of Basketball 101.” Dan then was lucky enough to be baptized in broadcasting as an intern with Dan “Touchdown Detroit Lions” Miller at Fox 2. Stops in Costa Rica (some of the most beautiful women in the world), Atlanta, and Florida followed.

He comes back home to join 97.1 The Ticket after hosting nationally syndicated shows on Sports Byline USA and Sirius Satellite Radio. Dan has also called football and basketball play-by-play on radio and TV, most recently on the NAFL game of the week on CAMTV.

An avid hot air balloon enthusiast, huge Pearl Jam fan, and always willing to look at both sides of an argument or story, Dan could not be happier to be joining the great team at 97.1 The Ticket. He looks forward to sparking hearty debate, entertaining the great people of Michigan, and making the world a better place one listener at a time.

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Desmond Haymon #25 of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks tries to hold onto the ball while defended by JeQuan Lewis #1 and Jordan Burgess #20 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 21, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

DTM’s Instant Reaction: Greatest Tourney Game Finish Ever?

Where does this game and finish rank in NCAA tourney lore for you?

97.1 The Ticket–03/21/2014

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Leach’s Lists: 2014 NCAA Bracket To Win Your Office Pool And Impress Your Friends

The madness has officially begun! Just watch the NCAA Tournament promo and tell me you are not unbelievably fired up for one of the greatest times of the year to be a sports fan.

97.1 The Ticket–03/16/2014

Leonardo DiCaprio poses after presenting an award at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT /AFP/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 86th Academy Awards Preview And Prediction Festival

Oscar Sunday is always one of my favorite nights of the year and has become an annual rite of passage!

97.1 The Ticket–03/01/2014

NBA Finals Game 4: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers

What Is The Greatest Championship Team In Detroit History?

What is the greatest championship team in Detroit history?

97.1 The Ticket–02/18/2014

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DTM’s Bagels And Lox Super Bowl 48 Edition

Well, we learned a bunch of things as the final gun sounded in the crisp clean air of Seattle and the Super Bowl 48 match-up became set two weeks ago.

02/02/2014

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DTM’s 48 Super Bowl Prop Bets To Stuff Your Wallet

Of course the game itself is what it’s all about, but the real fun is throwing cash all over the place on prop bets that range from the normal to the insane.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/31/2014

Peyton Manning (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Leach’s List’s: DTM’s Instant Super Bowl XLVIII Preview And Prediction

Ohhhhh boy!! We’ll we learned a bunch of things as the final gun sounded in the crisp clean air of Seattle and the Super Bowl 48 match-up became set.

97.1 The Ticket–01/19/2014

Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reaches for the end zone against the Denver Broncos during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

DTM’s Bagels And Lox: NFL Championship Sunday Edition

This is where it gets serious as Conference Championship Sunday comes straight at ya. Who will make it the first cold weather outdoor Super Bowl at the new Met-O-Lands on February 2.

97.1 The Ticket–01/19/2014

Peyton improves to 3-0 in the Manning Bowl. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 2014 NFL Playoffs – Who Will Win The Super Bowl? Odds And Value

We have already had a rousing start to the 2014 NFL Playoffs where it seemed like an upset when the home team actually won in Indy,

97.1 The Ticket–01/06/2014

Drew Brees. (credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images) FILE.

Leach’s Lists: 2014 NFL Playoffs – Who Will Win The NFC? Odds And Value

Here is how I see the NFC playoffs shaping up – complete with the current Vegas odds.

97.1 The Ticket–01/04/2014

Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos defense did it again, holding the Chiefs to just nine points and extending the Broncos' win streak to six games. Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns and took sole possession of second place on the NFL All-Time wins list with 149, trailing Brett Favre who has 186.   (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 2014 NFL Playoffs – Who Will Win The AFC? Odds And Value

Many Detroit Lions fans hearts are broken, but there is still football to be played and there is no better cure for a football hangover, than more football.

97.1 The Ticket–01/03/2014

Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to DeMarco Murray in the second half during an NFL game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

DTM’s Bagels And Lox Week 17 NFL

Week 17 could not have any more story lines or any more possible playoff in or out scenarios. In one word #epic … and away we go!

97.1 The Ticket–12/29/2013

Head coach Jim Schwartz looks on while playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Instant Reaction: This Is And Should Be The End For Jim Schwartz

When it comes to the Lions and their head coach Jim Schwartz , what transpired today and over the past six weeks has shown that all the good that Schwartz has done in his five-year run is overshadowed by the bad by as big of a swath of horridness .

97.1 The Ticket–12/22/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: A general view of Ford Field.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DTM’s Monday Night Football Preview: Ravens v. Lions

Detroit welcomes a Ravens team that has somehow, someway, found ways to win over the past two weeks

97.1 The Ticket–12/16/2013

Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions (credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

DTM’S Bagels And Lox: Week 14 NFL

Now, with 10 days off and a team that is simply more talented than the Eagles, Matt Stafford and the Lions WRs are going to expose the bottom feeding eagles pass D.

97.1 The Ticket–12/08/2013

Sparty, the mascot for the Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Leach’s List: It’s OK For Wolverine Fans To Cheer For Spartans This Weekend

These are the top three reasons why it is OK for you Michigan fans to not want both of these teams to die in a fiery plane crash on the way to the B1G Title Game.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/06/2013

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out the play. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) FILE

DTM’S Bagels And Lox Week 12 NFL

As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine, which will be here for you each and every week to help you win your pick-em-pool, embarrass your friends, and just become a more whole football fan and human being.

97.1 The Ticket–11/24/2013

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Prince Leaving Motown: The Deal No One Thought Could Be Done

This could end up being one of the greatest trades in recent Detroit history.

97.1 The Ticket–11/21/2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots is sacked by Chris McCoy #94 of the Philadelphia Eagles on August 9, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

DTM’S Bagels And Lox – Week 11 NFL

The DTM prediction machine is here to help you win your pick-em-pool, embarrass your friends, and just become a more whole football fan and human being.

97.1 The Ticket–11/17/2013

Cincinnati Bengals 13 - Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Leach’s Lists: DTM’S Bagels And Lox Week 9 NFL

As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine, which will be here for you each and every week to help you win your pick-em-pool, embarrass your friends, and just become a more whole football fan and human being.

97.1 The Ticket–11/03/2013

Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons.  (Photo by B. Sevald/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 3 Reasons Why The Detroit Pistons Will Be A Playoff Team In 2013-14

All the talk, hype, hyperbole and court storming that transpired during the preseason is over.

97.1 The Ticket–10/29/2013

Dylan Gandy #65 and Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions of the Detroit Lions acknowledges fans while leaving the field after a 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 3 Reasons Why Detroit Lions Win Over Dallas Equals Playoffs

As the final gun sounded after the Lions epic comeback win against Dallas on Sunday at Ford Field you could feel like you had just witnessed something truly special. Sadly something that has rarely transpired in my lifetime of watching the Detroit Lions.

97.1 The Ticket–10/29/2013

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions

Leach’s Lists: DTM’S Bagels And Lox Week 8 NFL

by Dan Leach Follow Dan on Twitter @DTMLEACH As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine, which will be here for you each and every week to help you win your […]

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2013

Trevor Rosenthal #26, Matt Adams #53 and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-2 in Game Two of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Leach’s List: World Series Game 3 Preview And Prediction

Boston and St Louis both have tremendously balanced teams and that is why this series is such a toss up.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2013

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Leach’s List: DTM’s Bagels And Lox Week 5 NFL

As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine.

97.1 The Ticket–10/19/2013

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Pearl Jam Is Taking It To The Next Level [BLOG]

Many Tigers fans waking up Wednesday morning will yet again have a baseball hangover. Well, something I like to do when things are going rough is listen to music.

97.1 The Ticket–10/16/2013

Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions tries to break a tackle by Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on September 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Leach’s List: DTM’s Bagels And Lox Week 6 NFL

As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine, which will be here for you each and every week to help you win your pick-em-pool,

97.1 The Ticket–10/13/2013

Lions and Green Bay . Jan 2012. (Getty Images/Jonathan Daniel)

Leach’s Lists: DTM’S Bagels And Lox Week 5 NFL

As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine, which will be here for you each and every week to help you win your pick-em-pool …

97.1 The Ticket–10/04/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates in the end zone after scoring against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions Looking For A Franchise Changing Win At Lambeau Field [BLOG]

Bottom line it has been absurdly long since the Lions have been able to call themselves victors on the oft frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

97.1 The Ticket–10/03/2013

Maurice Cheeks head coach Detroit Pistons talks to the crowd during a Draft Night Party for season ticket holders and fans on June 27, 2013 at Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

A Conversation With New Pistons Head Coach Mo Cheeks

The 2013-14 Pistons met with the media on Tuesday as a hungry franchise and hungry fanbase gets ready for a brand new NBA Season.

97.1 The Ticket–10/01/2013

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